From left to right Ambassador of Norway, Merete Lundemo,and Actionaid Country Director Farah Kabir. Photo: The Royal Norwegian Embassy
From left to right Ambassadors Hanne Fugl Eskjær of Denmark, Pema Choden of Bhutan, and Merete Lundemo of Norway,. Photo: The Royal Norwegian Embassy
The spotlight event “Seven” is a documentary play portraying seven women’s rights activists from around the globe. The aim of the performance is to bring women’s rights issues higher on the political and media agenda, raise awareness and engagement, and to stimulate the debate on women’s role in society.
“The women’s powerful stories transmit such a clear, strong and relevant message, across different cultures, ages and backgrounds.”
These were the words the Norwegian Ambassador chose, when asked to explain why she agreed to join in the play. Ms Lundemo portrayed Annabella De Leon from Guatemala.
Annabella raised herself and her family out of poverty by getting an education. A Congresswoman since 1995, she has received death threats because of her fight against corruption and for the rights of the poor, particularly women and indigenous peoples.
A play gone global
Ruth Margraff, Catherine Filloux, Susan Yankowitz, Paula Cizmar, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack and Anna Deveare-Smith are the creators of the play, in collaboration with the Swedish Institute and Vital Voices Global Partnership. “Seven” is now on tour all over the globe, and is directed and produced by Ms Hedda Krausz Sjögren.
So far, “Seven” has been played in 23 countries, and been translated into 20 languages. 600 people have portrayed the seven women’s rights activists - including male politicians in the Swedish parliament, military officials of NATO, and activists, journalists and politicians in the Serbian parliament.